March Birthstone: Aquamarine

Learn more about the delicate birthstone for the month of March...

The name Aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. The Aquamarine gemstone was believed to protect sailors as the Aquamarine crystal was the prized possession of mermaids, so it would protect sailors during the hazardous journey across the seas and guarantee a safe voyage.

"A March born shall always be
Soothed by Aqua, gem of sea
This mermaid's treasured stone you wear
Will bring happiness, love, affection and care."

Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from a green-blue to blue-green; the color is usually found to be more intense in larger stones. The deeper blue the Aquamarine is in colour, the more valuable the gemstone is.

The beautiful gemstone is known for its flawless finish and excellent transparency, Aquamarine was even used to improve near-sighted vision when glasses were first made.

When not being worn, Aquamarine jewellery should be kept away from direct sunlight in a drawer or jewellery box. Prolonged exposure to light can cause the delicate gemstone to fade, reducing its value.

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